Archive for January, 2008

Jan 10 2008

Why The Republic of Lakota is a Philosophical Failure

I posted this on the Republic of Lakota’s forums. It is also an explaination on why nomadic hunter gatherer societies are infinitely stable and the people living in them free of control by authorities.


I have been thinking a lot about this and while I think the idea of you reclaiming your freedom is great, it is impossible. I’ll explain why.

In the hunter gatherer societies around the world, people enjoy almost total freedom. Because of shifting seasons and varying resource bases, people have to split up, often down to family units. They come together from time to time. Some people may decide to band together for a while because of advantages in search of food.

Because of this, any person that wants to gain power over others is restrained from doing so of the simple reason of the impossibility of retaining control over a dynamic group.

On the other hand, in an agricultural or sedentary society, a potential power hungry person can (and in time somebody will) try to control the other people. Because they all live in fixed locations, that is fairly easily achieved. After some time, laws restraining freedom becomes second nature and thought of as normal. People start accepting that some people have power over other people and owns large territories for their personal sprawl and profits.

Dynasties will come and go, but as long as you rely on a sedentary location, some people will use other people for their own good. It has happened to almost (I say that because I can not be 100% sure) every single sedentary society on earth.

The only opportunity for the Lakotas to ever become free again is to drop the idea of the state, breed buffalo like cracy and release them. Of course this isn’t going to happen of two reasons:
– The Lakotas can not win a war against the US.
– The people that now believe that they own the lands would shoot the buffalo for fun and profit.

Is it really freedom you want? Or do you just want another state that is going to deteriorate into despotism?

Torjus Gaaren

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Jan 10 2008

Ice Man Sheath

Published by under Plant Materials

Thank you Kevin for your lovely donation!

Inspired by Owen’s post on the ice man sheath I decided to make one for myself. I did this a while ago, but I forgot to post it on the blog. The technique is a type of knotless netting, not totally dissimilar from what Kevin is showing on his blog. I used elm bark exclusively and it is worth mentioning that it works like a charm. The knife needs to be rehafted so I’ll have to post a picture of them both at a later time.  As you can see on the photo, the lower binding has slipped off, but hasn’t lost any of it’s usefulness. I’ll probably tie it back on though, as an extra security measure.


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Jan 07 2008

Buckskin Bag Part 2

Published by under Animal Materials

Not much progress today on the bag. Cut two fur strips (nervewrecking) and sewed them together to make the joint look pretty seamless. When you cut the fur, cut only through the skin, not the hairs, or it will look very square and odd.


The sewing is done on the inside, since the outside is what will show.


I need two more strips before I start stitching them on.

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Jan 06 2008

Buckskin Bag Part 1

Published by under Animal Materials

Natives around the world seems to rarely have used rucksacks, at least for small huntingtrips lasting only a day or so. I also find a rucksack noisy, encumbering and a general a pain in the ass. The common solution seems to be a bag thrown over a shoulder, containing some essentials like a knife, fire starting kit, extra bowstring, snares, needle and hooks for field repair of clothes etc… I decided on using the last big piece of buckskin I have left after making the mittens into such a bag. Sorry that most of my photos are out of focus.

First a photo of my youngest daughter, who wants to help just a little too much. 🙂


I find buckskin to be very forgiving stuff, 100% perfect tailoring doesn’t matter. So I’m trying to move away from the use of patterns into a more free way of making my gear. Spend a lot of time figuring out how you want it first though, because when you have started cutting, there is no turning back. You can not stitch it back up without it being very visible.


Do it free hand like above or with a guide (bone) below.


I like symmetry on the things I make, other people may not be so fuzzy about this. To achieve a symmetric top, fold it over before cutting and cut through both sides at once.


Here is the the bag ready for sewing, it needs to be wrung first compared to that photo. On things that’ll take as much abuse as this one probably will, I use a double running stitch for extra strength. Note the two needles holding the back and front together while punching the holes. This is to keep the it uniform and not sagging down on one side. Important! Start sewing from the opening and down, otherwise you’ll risk the dreaded stretching issue, causing one or both sides to get massively out of alignment.


The bag itself is essentially finished and wrung back. What lacks is decoration, a means of holding the cover over the bag and strap to carry it with.


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Jan 05 2008

Forum Update

Published by under General

Another forum update. I have added child categories to a few bords. It’s the Non-purist’s boards as I realised I might have alienated a large number of visitors because of my strict definition of the ones formerly made.

The intention is NOT to encourage any discussions of modern kit, but rather to allow posts where you have used metal tools and/or modern materials.

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